Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner with Red Potatoes, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Rainbow Carrots, Garlic, Onion, Broccoli and Thyme.
Why 1-Sheet Pan Meals Are Better Than 1-Pot Meals For Lazy Dinners
By Crystal Antonace
One-pot meals tend to have one flavor profile, making it difficult to create diverse meals throughout the week. They also tend to require a recipe and limit texture variety.
However, you can use sheet pans to create multiple flavor profiles for each individual ingredient with minimal effort and alter the cooking time based on the foods you have.
Sheet pan meals have the ability to carmelize and develop complexity due to browning, trumping the uniform flavor profile of a one-pot meal.
Browning occurs around 300 degrees Fahrenheit when foods change color and develop in flavor. Caramelization occurs at 320 degrees, developing the ingredients' natural sugars.
Unlike cooking in pots, you can line your sheet pans with parchment paper. When dinner is over, all you need to do is throw away the used paper and give the pans a quick wash.
Sheet pans do the bulk of the work for you. They save time by preparing several different ingredients simultaneously, which can be combined into various meal options later.
If vegetables are sure to be a main component of your one-pan meals, make sure all varieties are evenly cut and cooked based on their general structure.
For example, sturdier veggies like sweet potatoes can take up to thirty minutes in a 400-degree oven, while loose greens like kale and spinach take as little as 3 minutes to roast.
Make sure to use fat in addition to your favorite spices. Coat your protein and vegetables lightly and evenly in your preferred oil or fat to secure browning and caramelization.